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American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Scholars Program
AAHPM Research Scholars Program to attend the 2014 Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Retreat October 21-23, 2014 at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah
Consistent with its strategic goal of promoting evidence-based research by supporting increased funding for research and training and providing opportunities for networking and knowledge transfer among researchers, AAHPM offers the Research Scholars Program which facilitates participation for U.S. based AAHPM members to attend the Annual Kathleen M. Foley Palliative Care Retreat and Research Symposium of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), co-sponsored by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), American Cancer Society (ACS) and AAHPM.
AAHPM is now accepting applications from its members. The 2014 event will be held October 21-23, 2014 at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. Also participating in the Retreat are HPNA Scholars, recipients of National Palliative Care Research Center Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards and recipients of American Cancer Society Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards. Nursing applicants will be referred to the HPNA's Research Scholars Program; visit hpna.org for more information.
The goal of the AAHPM Research Scholars Program is to advance the scientific endeavors of new/early investigators (prior to receiving a Career Development Award) whose goal is to become independent scientists actively involved in palliative care research. The Retreat provides an opportunity to develop attendees' individual works in progress and competency with core methodologies that are essential to conducting palliative care research. The meeting format will include didactic lectures, small group discussion by topic area and/or discipline, mock study sections, poster presentations, and networking opportunities. Retreat faculty will include representatives from AAHPM, members of the NPCRC Scientific Advisory Council and Scientific Review Committee, and representatives of ACS and the National Institutes of Health. This breadth of participants provides a unique opportunity for interaction between new and established palliative care investigators. Recipients of the award will be expected to be present for the entire retreat and to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Palliative Medicine or the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing within two years of the retreat.
Previous recipients of the CPC or HPNA Scholars Program, as well as previous recipients of NPCRC Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards and ACS Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards are not eligible for funding as an AAHPM Research Scholar.
The successful applicant will be:
• currently conducting research in palliative care;
• have an identified research mentor;
• have research papers on palliative care or end-of-life issues published or in press, preferably with at least one as first author;
• an AAHPM member in good standing.
The AAHPM Research Scholars Program is intended for individuals who are or will soon be applying for federal awards (e.g., K award) or research funding awards (e.g., R01, R03, or R21). Doctoral students will be expected to have an approved dissertation proposal. Priority will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to an independent palliative care research career, in either a full or part-time academic appointment. Unless a candidate has transitioned to the field of palliative care at mid-career, preference will be given to those who completed their formal training no more than 5 years ago. Recipients of the previous Retreat Scholars programs, recipients of National Palliative Care Research Center Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards and recipients of American Cancer Society Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards are not eligible for funding.
Deadline for applications: April 1, 2014
Notification of awards: May 9, 2014
Completed application form and required supporting documents should be submitted together as Word documents attached to an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line Research Scholars Application) on or before the deadline date of April 1, 2014.
Any questions should be directed to Katherine Ast – Director of Quality and Research – by email at email@example.com.
New Research Scholar applicants should submit the following:
• Completed application form (saved to your files for completion).
• Applicant's Curriculum Vita.
• Brief, 2-page description of a current or planned research project, including topic, study questions, methodologies, populations and future directions.
• Research mentor's biosketch, not to exceed 4 pages. Click here for the NIH Biosketch template.
• Letter of support from research mentor.
Application Evaluation Criteria
Multiple peer reviewers will rate each application to the Research Scholars Program by indicating their agreement with each of the following statements:
• The applicant is very likely to make an important contribution to our field.
• The applicant is very likely to benefit from attending the retreat.
• The applicant has had adequate training in research.
• The applicant has a qualified and well-matched mentor.
• The applicant's research area is very important to palliative care.
• The applicant has a promising publication track record.
• There is evidence that the applicant is well positioned to apply for external funding
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